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Van Gisbergen stripped of Bathurst 1000 Supercars pole chance

Shane van Gisbergen has been stripped of his chance to take pole for the 2022 Bathurst 1000 due to a penalty.

Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore

Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore

Mark Horsburgh, Edge Photographics

The Kiwi clattered into Macauley Jones in the closing stages of a wet qualifying session at Mount Panorama this evening.

Van Gisbergen has just gone fastest in the first sector and was looking to improve on his fourth position when he came across Jones over the top of the Mountain.

He made contact with Jones that led to Jones rotating and hitting the wall.

Supercars stewards gave since confirmed that he will be handed a three-spot grid penalty following tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout.

That means he won’t be in contention for pole for the Great Race.

An official statement read: "Following a DRD Investigation and an admission by Car 97, Shane van Gisbergen, of a breach of Schedule B2, Article 2.1.1 (Careless Driving) for the Incident involving contact with Car 96, Macauley Jones, at Turn 13, the Stewards imposed a 3 Grid Spot penalty in Race 30 for Car 97, Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander."

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